Good & Gather Fettuccine Alfredo Review

Good & Gather Fettuccine Alfredo

We almost made a huge mistake. See, we were planning a meal for some vegetarian friends, and we figured that a nice batch of fettuccine would really hit the spot. So we picked up the Good & Gather Fettuccine Alfredo. Thankfully, we looked more closely at the package before we committed to serving this, as it contains animal rennet. It’s a very easy thing to miss, since there’s nothing on the front of the bag to suggest this isn’t a vegetarian-friendly meal (there also isn’t a vegetarian icon on the package, so we can’t place all the blame squarely on the shoulders of Good & Gather)/ But if you look carefully at the ingredients, you will see that there is animal rennet in this.

Thankfully, we have meat-eating staffers who are always happy to cook up a frozen pasta, so we’re going to give this a whirl today. Our vegetarian friends just aren’t invited to share this meal!

Cooking this is pretty simple. You can either toss it in the microwave or cook it on a stovetop, but the bag recommends the stovetop. This is the method that we used for this review. (If you want to read the full cooking instructions straight off the bag, check out our package scans at the bottom of this review.)

Now, this is really just a basic bag of fettuccine alfredo. You’ve got some flat noodles in an alfredo sauce.

Good & Gather Fettuccine Alfredo

So let’s start with those noodles. Ours were al dente, because we took our pasta off the burner just a little early. That’s not a bad thing, and we actually really like the texture and consistency here. These ended up being really satisfying to chew through.

The sauce is a basic alfredo. It’s not as creamy as we were hoping it’d be, but it’s also not bad. It does have a little bit of a cinnamon-y undertaste to it, and we’re not sure where this comes from. We’re going to go out on a limb and say this could be a result of the padano cheese, which does change in flavor based on how long it ages. People tend to say the fully aged version has a little bit of a nutty taste, and while that’s not really cinnamon-like, we can see how an almondy taste and a cinnamony one would be confused when it’s as subtle as it is in this meal.

Now, the dish shown above contains the full content of a bag, which looks to us like one large portion. Apparently, the bag is intended for three. Oops.

If you eat just 1/3 of this, you’re looking at 220 calories and 420 mg of sodium. If you go hog wild like our reviewer, you’ll end up consuming 650 calories and 1,260 mg of sodium. Be careful, because it’s definitely easy to consume a bag in a sitting (though our reviewer admits to being overly full afterward).

The Good & Gather Fettuccine Alfredo is pretty tasty, though it’s not made for dieters or vegetarians. Still, it has an interesting flavor, and we really enjoyed the consistency of the pasta. We definitely want to try this again, though we’ll probably have to hit the gym first — this meal is not low in calories, folks.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for this frozen Target-brand pasta, check out our package scans below.

Good & Gather Fettuccine Alfredo
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